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About the University 🏫

Autonomous University of Barcelona: A Hub of Academic Excellence in the Heart of Catalonia

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) stands as a beacon of academic prowess, not just in Spain but across Europe. Here's why UAB should be your top choice for a study abroad semester in Spain:

A Brief History

Academic Powerhouse: Established as a young entrepreneurial university, UAB has quickly risen to prominence. It is ranked as the 2nd best university in Spain and 5th in Europe, according to Times Higher Education and QS rankings.

Academic Excellence

Diverse Study Areas: UAB offers a wide range of subjects in business, international relations, and economics, making it a popular choice for students looking to spend a semester abroad. The university is also renowned for its high-quality courses in arts and humanities.

Language Learning: If enhancing your language skills is one of your motivations for studying abroad, UAB offers lessons in both Spanish and English.

Study Abroad Semesters: It's worth noting that UAB primarily offers English-taught study abroad semesters, as full courses are generally taught in Spanish.

Student Life

Global Community: With a student body of 50,000, including more than 90 nationalities, you're guaranteed to make friends from around the world and enrich your language skills.

Campus Facilities

Sant Pau Campus: Located on the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hospital de la Santa Creu, this campus is just a 15-minute walk from Antoni Gaudí's iconic La Sagrada Familia cathedral.

Bellaterra Campus: If you prefer a quieter study environment surrounded by natural beauty, the Bellaterra campus is ideal for you. It also offers convenient transportation options to Barcelona for those times when you crave city life.

Unique Features

Cultural Immersion: Being in Barcelona allows you to immerse yourself in Catalan culture, offering a unique blend of traditional and modern influences.

By choosing the Autonomous University of Barcelona for your study abroad experience, you're not just enrolling in a prestigious educational institution; you're becoming part of a global community in one of Europe's most vibrant cities.

About the city 🌇

Barcelona: A Mosaic of Culture, History, and Student Life

Barcelona, situated on the northeastern coast of Spain, is a city that effortlessly blends its rich history with cutting-edge style and culture. Here's why Barcelona should be your top choice for a study abroad experience:

A City Rich in History

Architectural Marvels: Barcelona's architecture is a feast for the eyes, from the medieval charm of the Gothic Quarter to the modernist wonders created by Antoni Gaudí, such as the Sagrada Familia and Parc Güell. The Sant Pau Campus of UAB is just a 15-minute walk from the Sagrada Familia, allowing you to immerse yourself in the city's architectural heritage.


Budget-Friendly: Living in Barcelona can be affordable for students. A meal at a mid-range restaurant costs around €15-20, while a monthly public transport pass is approximately €55.

Leisure and Entertainment

Beaches and Sports: When the weather warms up, the Olympic Village and the city's beaches are popular spots. For football fans, experiencing a match at Camp Nou is a must. Tickets can range from €30 to €200 depending on the match and seating.

Culinary Delights: Barcelona is a haven for foodies. Tapas bars are abundant, and a tapas meal can cost you around €10-20 per person.


Efficient Public Transport: Barcelona's public transport system is both fast and efficient, making it easy to explore the city. The Bellaterra campus offers convenient transportation options to the city center, which is about 25 minutes away by train.

Unique Features

Cultural Immersion: Barcelona offers a unique blend of Catalan and Spanish cultures, evident in its festivals, music, and art scenes.

Educational Opportunities: Being home to UAB, one of Europe's top universities, Barcelona offers a rich educational environment that complements its cultural richness.

By choosing to study abroad in Barcelona, you're not just gaining an education; you're embracing a lifestyle, a culture, and a global perspective that will enrich your life in immeasurable ways.

Housing Opportunities🏫


Vila Universitària - Halls of Residence

Vila Universitària, is the residential area of the UAB campus, located in a natural green area surrounded by parks and forests. In the Vila student accommodations you will quickly feel at home in a comfortable and relaxing environment. It is a few minutes walk from Vila Universitària to Bellaterra train station, where the connection to central Barcelona is strongly connected. The residential area is also within walking distance of the UAB campus, giving you the perfect opportunities to save transportation in the morning away.

All student accommodation has a room with two beds, a bathroom, a fully equipped kitchen, dining room and wireless internet. Towels and upholstery are included in the rent. For the warm Spanish climes, a pool has of course been built that residents are free to use.

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Off campus

Barcelona Centre Universitary (BCU)

A excellent alternative to UAB's own student accommodations, is the Barcelona Centre Universitary. Here you can stay in the middle of Barcelona with other students in a safe environment where Wi-fi and furnishings are included and hygiene is paramount.

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Resa Housing

If you want a credible platform to start the housing hunt, Resa Housing is a good starting point. The platform has been created for students to be able to find and book accommodation during their study.

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Admission Requirements for Fulltime Degrees

Here is a description of the most important information for your study abroad. Rememeber, single semester study abroad (exchange) have often lower entry requirements and different course catalogues. Contact your advisor to hear about stipends, entry requirements, tuitions fees, course descriptions and more.
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What is the tuition and requirements for study abroad (exchange) students?

The study abroad (exchange student) programme will often have a different tuition fee and lower entry requirements. In addition, there might be a specific course catalog for study abroad exchange students. Book a call with a Uniclub advisor who will present you the requirements for single semester study abroad students, and how to navigate within the course catalog.

Additionally, you might be able to get exempt from taking a TOEFL or IELTS test as a study abroad (exchange) student. A Uniclub advisor will advise you on which universities have more flexbile English proficiency requirements.

What are the Semester Start Dates?

Autonomous University uses a semester system for both full-degree students and semester abroad students studying to receive credit towards their home degree system. The semester system is equivalent in course load and duration to a three-trimester system. Students can start their studies in February or September.

See more about Autonomous University's important dates in the academic calendar.

What are the Entry Requirements?

To apply for courses and programmes at Autonomous University, you must meet the general and specific entry requirements.

Documents required from students to apply to Autonomous University are:

  • Official copies of secondary school transcripts showing courses taken throughout the year and grades received (English version of the document)
  • Award Certificates
  • Passport
  • Evidence of English proficiency if you are a non-native English-speaking student.

See more about the entry requirements at Autonomous University of Barcelona.

What are the English Requirements?

The English requirements to get admitted to Autonomous University in Barcelona can be sufficed in several ways. Below are the options for students to prove their English proficiency:

You will be able to provide evidence of your English language skills if you have:

  • completed an English language test such as IELTS, Pearson, TOEFL or Cambridge
  • completed some types of university (tertiary) or high-school (secondary) studies taught in English

See more about the English requirements at Autonomous University of Barcelona.

What are the Tuition Fees?

Tuition fees for international students at Autonomous University vary depending on the course you choose. The tuition fee at Autonomous University ranges from 7.000 EUR to 10.000 EUR per year for international students.

The tuition fee for a study abroad semester at Autonomous University for 4 units which equals to 30 ECTS is approx. 3980 EUR.

See more about Autonomous University's tuition fees for international students.

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